A £155 million fund for a national network of Quantum Technology Hubs that will exploit the properties of quantum physics to develop quantum technologies – with a view to eventual application – was today opened for bids by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).
Between £10-20 million per Hub will be available and this will be complemented by a £75 million fund for capital investment across the network.
EPSRC has worked with the science community to identify areas where the development of quantum technologies has the potential to make a transforming impact.
These will definitely include the following five areas:
– Quantum Secure Communications
– Quantum Metrology
– Quantum Sensors
– Quantum Simulators
– Quantum Computation
Applicants submitting a bid for a Hub may choose to address one or more of these areas.
Universities and Science Minister, David Willetts, said:
"Quantum Technologies are an exciting and emerging field that represent a major opportunity for the UK. This new investment in a national network of quantum technology hubs will transform our capacity, keeping us ahead in the global race. It builds on our strong science base and will help deliver future economic growth."
Professor David Delpy, EPSRC's Chief Executive said:
"I am confident that this call will be met with enthusiasm and imagination. The country now has a major opportunity to harness and exploit the research strengths that exist across the UK academic landscape. These Hubs will work in partnership with industry to tackle the key technological challenges that need be overcome to realise the promise of Quantum Technologies."
The funding call is part of the UK government's £270 million, multi-stakeholder, Quantum Technologies Programme which is being delivered by EPSRC and the Technology Strategy Board (TSB) in partnership with other stakeholders. It is aimed at realising the potentially transformative impact of Quantum Technologies across business, government and society. The programme will also include activities to develop high level skills for the UK in Quantum Technologies, and a joint EPSRC/ TSB Innovation Fund to move promising research closer to application.